Why Tolkien was an ISTJ

The first thing I’d like to make clear is that Tolkien does not write like an INFP. Though he was known for not finishing projects he started on and for working in “idea bursts,” his writing does not express an Ne-style creativity. If you want a better example of very INFP writing, look to Neil Gaiman as your (exaggerated) example.

Having studied medieval literature at the university level, it is clear to me that Tolkien did not come up with most of his “ideas” himself. Almost all of the cultures and concepts found in Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and the Silmarilion are literally borrowed aspects of the medieval era literature he was obsessed with. If you need evidence of this, here you go:

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  • Wergild: the individual naming of weapons and treasure found in Anglo Saxon culture, wherein each treasure was unique and one of a kind. Where do you think Sting, the Arkenstone and Mithril came from?

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Do I relate to INFPs?

Elise Ann asked: How do you relate to INFPs? you must find us exhausting

I do find you exhausting. You burst out with seemingly random topic changes while I’m still philosophically analysing something you said two hours ago. Also, your emotions…dear me, they are everywhere…

But yes, there are a few ways that I relate to INFPs (not drastic ways, just subtle ones).

The main way that I relate to INFPs in the persistent Fi desire to do the right thing. Of course, we go about it vastly differently, but the goal is the same.

Secondly, there is the often frequent drive for creativity –which, as a writer, artist and Ni user, I relate to regardless of whether the creativity stems from an Ni or Ne function. Both types of intuition can be vastly creative, just in different ways. Many make the mistake of assuming that only Ne is creative, and that Ni is merely a goal setting function –this is based on a limited understanding of MBTI.

Ni presents more of a focused and vision oriented creativity while Ne presents an unexpected and possibility based creativity.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince INFP | #MBTI #INFP

Introverted Feeling (Fi): The little prince is kind to everyone, the flower, the narrator, the fox and even the conceited man he meets on his journey. The little prince’s emotions are deep and often overwhelming, yet he doesn’t enjoy talking about himself or his feelings. Unlike many, he is independent and doesn’t always feel the need to obey authority. He reacts strongly to anything that he cares deeply about because he’s so emotionally invested. Continue reading

Lucy Pevensie: INFP

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

Lucy Pevensie: INFP | The Chronicles of Narnia #MBTI #INFP

Fi: Lucy always follows her heart, even when her head and her siblings are telling her otherwise. She tends to be a bit over-trusting of people, which can get her into trouble at times, but generally, it serves to make her gentle and loving. Though she is sensitive to other people’s criticisms, she is quick to forgive, and quicker to love. Lucy wants to put herself to good service and loves to help people. Aslan’s Christmas gift to her is one that aids her Continue reading

John Green: INFP

John Green INFP

Introverted Feeling (Fi): John Green usually doesn’t make his feelings public (though his ideas are very public). He’s good at writing deep, highly emotional characters who ask harsh questions about morality and the nature of human existence. His writing is always highly emotion driven and leaves most F-type readers sobbing when they The Fault in Our Stars, or Looking for Alaska. John Green has a strong desire to help other people and certainly does so through his writing and vlogging. Continue reading

Are INFPs Poor Leaders?

Are INFPs Poor Leaders?

Question: “Hello Mr. INTJ.  I am an INFP. On the net, I always find that some of the famous authors, actors, writers, artists, music composers are INFPs . But I have never found a single famous military leader, politician, athlete, player, scientist (except Einstein), sci-fi writer in the list of INFPs.  All other personality types have some or more of these ranges.  Even ENFPs have some world class leaders (though shown in the dark side on celebritytypes.com).  In the list of INFPs there are some who have committed suicide.  On the other side there are people who have committed mass homicides in other personality types.  Why are INFPs  always so meek in their behavior?  Why are we not as outgoing as other types?  I even found on the net that INFPs are the economically the poorest of all types.   I will be thankful to you if you put some light on this topic.  I  know you can understand what I mean to say.  So please answer my question as soon as possible.”

Answer: Hello Mr. big questions. I interrupted the queue just to answer this one, so first off, I’ll give you some NFP scientists to make friends with. Michio Kaku and Brian Cox are my two favourites. Go and look them up.

I can tell you right off the bat why ENFPs are more likely to be famous leaders than INFPs. It’s merely because their Te is higher up in the function hierarchy than INFPs.

As to INFPs always being meek? Actually, no, they’re not.  Continue reading

Sybil Crawley: INFP

Downton Abbey

Sybil INFP Downton Abbey MBTI

Fi: Sybil has a strong moral drive, which stems from within herself rather than what she observes in others (she’s an awesome feminist). She’s very careful to be certain that an action is right before she pursues it, thus her slowness to accept Tom as a romantic interest. At the same time, she doesn’t really care about her social image or Continue reading